Indian court closes case against Italian marines

Arbitration tribunal had given Italy jurisdiction

(ANSA) - ROME, JUN 15 - The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday closed legal proceedings in India against two Italian marines who allegedly killed two Indian fishermen while on an anti-piracy mission in 2012, The Hindu reported.
    Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone allegedly fired on Jelestine and Ajeesh Pinku after mistaking them for pirates while on duty off the coast of Kerala on the merchant ship Enrica Lexie.
    Last year the International Tribunal of Arbitration ruled in Italy's favour in the case after a long battle over who had jurisdiction but said Italy would have to pay compensation for the loss of life.
    The tribunal ruled that the marines were doing their national duty and thus subject to the 'flag law'.
    The Italian foreign ministry said Italy would restart criminal proceedings in the case. (ANSA).


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